§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many(a) male prisoners and (b) female prisoners have escaped from custody while (i) travelling to and from hospital and (ii) undergoing hospital 730W treatment in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The subject of the question relates to matters undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. I have asked its chief executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Dr. Norman A. Godman, dated 30 January 1996:Lord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of male and female prisoners who have escaped from custody whilst (i) travelling to and from hospital and (ii) undergoing hospital treatment in each of the past 10 years.To provide the information you requested would only be achieved at disproportionate cost but you may find it helpful to have the number of escapes of category B prisoners from hospital escort since 1991. The information is as follows:
Year Male Female 1991 4 — 1992 8 — 1993 8 1 1994 6 — 1995 6 —